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SAT October 2020 (US School Day) QAS & Answer Key

by SAT GrandMaster on March 25, 2021

Curve analysis for SAT October 2020 US School Day exam:

  • Reading - The overall difficulty for reading section is moderate, other than the social science passage, the rest of the passages are not very difficult, though there are some rare questions in some passages. Expect to deduct 20 points for the first 2 mistakes. 
  • Reading/Grammar - The difficulty level for reading and grammar section is moderate, except for a few difficult questions. There are also some questions that were tested before but does not appear often. 
  •  Math - Math is slightly more difficult. Students are required to read the diagrams accurately and understand the questions fully. 

Reading

Passage 1: Questions 1-10 - Literature - October 2020 School Day SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Kazuo lshiguro, An Artist of the Floating World. ©1986 by Kazuo lshiguro. The narrator is a retired Japanese painter named Masuji Ono, who is looking back on his youth in the early twentieth century.

Passage 2: Questions 11-20 - Social Science - October 2020 School Day SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from Carmen Nobel, "What Charities Can Do about Our Aversion to Overhead Costs." ©2015 by Forbes Media LLC. "Overhead" refers to certain expenditures required to run a business. 

Passage 3: Questions 21-31 - Natural Science - October 2020 School Day SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from David E. Alexander, On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurs, Birds, Bats, and the Evolution of Animal Flight. ©2015 by Oxford University Press. 

Passage 4: Questions 32-42 - History - October 2020 School Day SAT Test QAS

This passage is adapted from William Godwin,An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness.Originally published in 1793.

Passage 5: Questions 43-52 - Natural Science - October 2020 School Day SAT Test QAS

Passage 1 is adapted from Elizabeth Pennisi, "How Angiosperms Took Over the World."©2009 by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Passage 2 is adapted from Joseph E. Armstrong, How the Earth Turned Green: A Brief 3.8-Billion-Year History of Plants. ©2014 by the University of Chicago. Angiosperms are flowering plants whose seeds are encased in ovaries; gymnosperms lack flowers and have exposed seeds. 

 Writing and Language

Questions 1-11 from 《Edmonia Lewis: Remaking the Classic》

Questions 12-22 from 《A Sound Strategy for Analyzing Data 》

Questions 23-33 from 《A Breed Apart》

Questions 34-44 from 《Vending for Change》

 

Click here to view our curve analysis for the October 2020 International SAT version. 

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SAT October 2020 (USA School Day) QAS & Answer Key English
SAT October 2020 (USA School Day) QAS & Answer Key Math
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